Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

The ASWNet provides opportunities for continuous professional development (CPD). CPD is self-led knowledge enrichment by social workers who are already qualified. The ASWNet provides knowledge resources and activities, and helps you plan for your CPD and to evaluate it. CPD is measured in hours of learning (HoL). We recommend a minimum of 12 hours of learning each year for a social worker. The activities that qualify as CPD are diverse, and they include:

  1. Writing, reading or reviewing a journal article, book chapter, book, report or policy.
  2. Attending, participating or organizing a seminar, tour, webinar, conference, community development event, volunteer activities, advocacy or social action activity.
  3. Creating a website, database, blog, newspaper and newsletter.
  4. Starting or participating in a family project, village project, trust, CBO, NGO or PVO.
  5. Reflecting on your work as a social worker.
  6. Planning and reviewing your CPD for each year.
  7. Designing, running, reviewing or attending a course or program of training in class or online.
  8. Supervising, mentoring or coaching trainee or qualified social workers.
  9. Researching including collecting, analyzing and reporting primary or secondary data.
  10. Other activities as deemed fit for CPD.

The range of CPD activities must be diverse and the themes of developmental social work must be very clear. Evidence of CPD must be collected in the form of certificates, letters, photographs, publications, reflective writings, web links and many others. It will help to create a CPD plan at the beginning of each year and evaluate it at the end of the year. After evaluating yourself, you could then fill the following form to get your CPD certificate.

CPD Planning Template

The template below helps you to plan your CPD for the year. The form is used together with the list provided above.

CPD Category Describe how you meet category 1 and name the evidence that you have
1Writing, reading or reviewing a journal article, book chapter, book, report or policy
2Attending, participating or organizing a seminar, tour, webinar, conference, community development event, volunteer activities, advocacy or social action activity.
3Creating a website, database, blog, newspaper and newsletter
4Starting or participating in a family project, village project, trust, CBO, NGO or PVO
5Reflecting on your work as a social worker
6Planning and reviewing your CPD for each year
7Designing, running, reviewing or attending a course or program of training in class or online
8Supervising, mentoring or coaching trainee or qualified social workers
9Researching including collecting, analyzing and reporting primary or secondary data
10Other activities as deemed fit for CPD

You can use the link above to download a Word version of this template.